The year 2021 has proven to be a seller’s market, with home sellers having the upper hand while prices continue to rise. Still, this year may also be opening up a larger selection of homes in the market, giving home buyers more options as they hunt for new homes.
If you have been considering the pros and cons of selling your home, let the current environment be your confirmation that this is the perfect time to do so. Take advantage of the current conditions to sell it for a high price.
It is a must to prepare ahead of time, as selling your home is not just a simple matter of packing up your stuff and listing your property. There is a lot of preparation that goes into home selling. This guide is here to make it easier for you to get ready.
Have the Necessary Repairs Done
Putting up a poorly maintained home for sale will stir up issues with your potential buyers. Before even listing it on websites, have your home inspected by professionals so that they can point out any safety and health hazards that may be hiding in plain sight.
Knowing these issues beforehand helps you address the problems before they have a chance to worsen. It also prevents legal issues from cropping up after a sale has been closed.
When you know what needs attention in your property, have repairs done ahead of time. Check to see that there are no leaks in your pipes and wiring. Make sure also that the structural integrity of your home has not been compromised.
Thorough inspections and proper addressing of concerns allow you to have a smooth transaction with your home’s future buyer.
Make the Home Less Personal
Aside from fixing the home of its existing issues, it is also time to empty your home.
Clear out your belongings
Take a few days to just remove all of your belongings from your home. You will have a better idea of how to style it later when you get to see the different areas in their bare form.
Do not forget to also go through closets, drawers, storage bins, and other areas where you store items to make sure that everything that is yours is accounted for. You can even hit two birds with one stone by doing some spring cleaning in the process of emptying your property.
Repaint the rooms
Now that your house has been cleaned out of all of your belongings, you will have an easier time giving the rooms a new paint job. A paint job is an easy way to make your home look fresh and new without having to make structural changes.
When choosing colors, experts say that warm colors work best for interiors. Neutral shades such as beige or tan invite visitors in and suggest that a room is in good condition.
Stage Your Home
When your home has been given a fresh coat of paint, it is important to style it so you can take photos and be prepared for house visits and an eventual sale.
Add minimal furniture
Add furniture to every room, but refrain from using big, bulky ones that take up too much space. You want home buyers to feel that every room they visit is spacious enough. Simple but tasteful furniture does the trick. Use furniture that is either new or looks new, too, as using visibly old furniture could work against you.
Decorate, but do it minimally
In addition to your furniture, add little decorative touches, too. Mirrors, frames, and potted plants are neutral decorations that any future homeowner can imagine themselves having, so these are good choices.
When you are decorating, do not try too hard to give it a certain style, as you want the place to be as broadly appealing to home buyers as possible. Loud statement pieces are a no-go when styling your home for a sale.
Make the purpose of each room clear
When you’re planning out the purposes of each room, consider the continuity of every area. For instance, it would make sense for a mudroom to be the first place you reach when you enter a home, followed by the living room and maybe the dining room afterward.
It is important to keep in mind that the goal in styling your home is to help potential buyers imagine themselves living in the space. When each room has a practical use, it feels more relatable to the person viewing your home.
Remember that to put your home up for sale effectively, it takes good maintenance and good styling to leave a lasting impression on homebuyers.